10 Things to See in St. Petersburg
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Russia’s second largest and westernmost city, St. Petersburg has an imperial splendor that is second-to-none. The city has changed names numerous times over the years, from Petrograd to Leningrad and now St. Petersburg. This attests to its uniquely complex and diverse nature. St. Petersburg is truly a renaissance city. It boasts a recently redeveloped waterfront and a completely revamped historical district. There's also a plethora of world-class restaurants and art galleries. Long known for its hedonism, St. Petersburg today is a well-rounded and welcoming tourist destination, especially for those looking to do something a little different.
Built by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg was designed to dazzle. It's even more impressive than Moscow. Much of the architecture here is stunning, and you don’t have to go far to find something beautiful to look at. There's the Hermitage museum and the grand Peterhof Summer Palace around the bay. St. Petersburg is truly a renaissance city. It's also a city of history and culture, with incredible museums and performance halls such as Mariinsky Theatre and the Shostakovich Philharmonia. Here you can enjoy some of the finest ballet and classical music in the world. American citizens need a visa to travel to St. Petersburg, and we can assist with all the paperwork. There may be an additional fee on top of the Russian visa fees.
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You certainly won't have a lack of things to do in St. Petersburg. Getting the low-down on the city's three centuries of history is step one, best accomplished with the help of an expert local guide on a private walking and driving tour. The Hermitage Museum itself could take years so to make things a little easier we can arrange a private guide to show you around and make sure you see the collections that are of most interest. Two palaces outside of the city itself are on most people's must-see lists. The Peterhof, a summer palace facing the water of Neva bay just a few miles out of town, with impressive cascading fountains and Pushkin, where you'll find the Rococo Catherine Palace can both be experienced best with the help of a guide. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to included in your vacation package or consider for adding later.
Spend some time in St. Petersburg on a tour that takes in other cities in Russia and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including St. Petersburg and other destinations make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.
Over the course of two weeks, you can take in the capitals of the three Baltic states as well as St Petersburg. Start from quirky Vilnius, then it's big-city Riga and on to the medieval coziness of Tallinn. A short ferry across the Baltic Sea gets you to design-forward Helsinki. Finish up with a high speed train ride to St Petersburg, the magnificent imperial city in western Russia. read full itinerary